Climate Emergency declared in Bude

Bude & Stratton Town Council declared a climate emergency at their full meeting last night.

Members of Climate Action Bude turned out in number at the meeting and were thrilled by the result. Their Facebook page explains their motivation:

Bude & Stratton Town Council have resolved to prepare a motion to declare a Climate Emergency to come before the September Full Council meeting. However, it is far from certain that this motion will gain sufficient support to be passed. Climate Action Bude exists to bring together our community behind this motion. We want to make sure that our local council understand how important this issue is to the people of Bude.

On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences, such as the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4C warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift which must be led by those we have elected to represent us.

Well, it did gain enough support to be passed, and now the real work starts on doing things locally to combat climate change.

Photo courtesy of Climate Action Bude.

 

1 Comment

  • Avatar Robert Uhlig says:

    As one of the town councillors (but commenting in a purely personal capacity here as it’s not my place to speak on behalf of the council as a whole or any of its other members), I would like to thank everyone who came to the meeting last night.

    I thought the public contributions were well-argued and very helpful. By making clear the breadth of concern about climate change among our fellow Bude-Stratton residents and the depth of desire for the council to show leadership in this vital issue, I believe your presence and comments played a pivotal role in helping the council come to its decision to declare a climate emergency.

    Many thanks also for respecting the conventions of the council. At times, the procedures we follow can seem quite arcane – I am still getting used to some of them ¬– but often they are a legal requirement and I’m really pleased that we did get there in the end.

    I also sincerely hope that last night was just the beginning of a healthy, fruitful, democratic dialogue about how Bude’s residents and its representatives on the council can work together to consider the best ways to respond to the threat of climate change on our beautiful town and coast – economically, socially and environmentally.

    Thanks again,
    Robert Uhlig

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